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F-15E Strike Eagle students complete training at D-M

Student pilots from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., have been training here since June 17. Fourteen F-15E Strike Eagles from the 334th Fighter Squadron, as well as pilots and Weapons Systems Officers came to D-M to complete the Surface Attack Tactics phase of their training. “We’re a formal training unit that teaches brand new Strike Eagle pilots…

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Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of rain hit the desert ground. Monsoon season is here. “During monsoon season, you’ll have…

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Living the American Dream

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Christmas day in 1991, the Soviet flag flew over the Kremlin in Moscow for the last time. People across the country took what jobs they could find, getting paid a fraction of what they made before as the local currency became nearly worthless. The burden of the country’s uncertain direction weighed heavily on…

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More than just Ms. Congeniality: Airman competes for homeless female veterans

For Tech. Sgt. Charmaine Pozo, the Ms. Veteran America contest was not about glamourous pageantry. It was about tireless advocacy – for a minimally acknowledged segment of those who have served in uniform: homeless female veterans. “Currently, female veterans – an estimated 55,000 of them on a daily basis – are the fastest growing homeless…

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AFSOUTH Airmen visit orphans, deliver gifts to those in need

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AFNS) — Up a winding mountain road through the mountains of Honduras, about an hour outside the city of Tegucigalpa, is the town of Casa de Corderitos, a small community of orphaned and neglected children. This is where Airmen from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) decided to spend some of their downtime…


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88th Test and Evaluations Squadron

Posted  September 15, 2013

  Master Sgt. James A. Floyd, 88th Test and Evaluations Squadron test instructor loadmaster, completes an aircraft all-radios check during a pre-flight inspection on an HC-130J Sept. 5. Pre-flight inspections are conducted throughout the aircraft to ensure integrity and serviceability of the aircraft’s frame and equipment.     Master Sgt. James A. Floyd, 88th Test…

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Know home-buying basics before becoming owner

Posted  September 15, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — There comes a time when one may want to look at purchasing instead of renting a home and if done smartly, the advantages of owning a home can be greater than renting. “Given a long enough time line, a good home can be an appreciating asset,” said Cory Carmichael, 56th Force…

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Health & Safety

Blocks to build on: The social pillar

Posted  September 15, 2013

You’ve had a day for the record books. Not even 15 minutes into the work day you receive a verbal counseling from your supervisor, after which you are so preoccupied you realize you’re running late to a dental appointment.

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Honorary Commander program creates a “perfect fit”

Posted  September 15, 2013

A community relations initiative, known as the Honorary Commander program, allows D-M to open its gates to prominent members of the local community. They come into base squadrons and groups and work side by side with military commanders.

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Health & Safety

Power surge: Why energy drinks are too much

Posted  September 15, 2013

FORT EUSTIS, Va., — Service members who rely on stimulant-cocktail energy drinks to keep alert on duty increase their risk for significant, lifelong health issues, say research scientists. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 45 percent of Service members downrange use energy drinks to stay awake. There are other ways to stay alert without reliance…

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IDC puts Airmen in control

Posted  September 15, 2013

The Installation Dormitory Council, here, is giving Airmen the opportunity to take control of the quality of life on the dormitory campus. The IDC is an organization designed to allow several Airmen representatives the opportunity to present ideas and concerns that affect the living standards of dorm residents directly to the base leadership. “This is…

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Health & Safety

Health care professionals recommend flu shots

Posted  September 15, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Autumn is just a few weeks away, the time of year when oppressive summer heat gives way to cooler weather. It’s also the time of year when flu activity begins, reaching its peak in January or February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, people need not suffer…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp September 13, 2013

Posted  September 15, 2013

  Name/Squadron: Senior Airman Michelle Renner/ 55 RQS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. David Argabright Duty Title: Intelligence Analyst When joined the AF: Feb. 22, 2011 Hometown: Georgetown, California Hobbies: Horses, Exercise, Cooking, Reading, Astronomy and Physics Selection Reasons: Senior Airman Renner’s duty performance has been outstanding from day one. This has been reflected throughout her…

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Health & Safety

Avoiding hemp seed in food Airman’s responsibility

Posted  September 15, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.  — It has become increasingly important for Airmen to read the labels of products they consume to ensure there is no damage to their career due to traces of hemp seeds and its derivatives being ingested from their day-to-day consumer products. Consumption of a yogurt brand directly violates the Air Force’s prohibition…

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D-M teen honored as Pacific Military Youth of the Year

Posted  September 15, 2013

  Daj’ Zhane Radford-Walton, 18-year-old daughter of Senior Master Sgt. Eddie Walton, 355 Maintenance Operations Squadron, and Staff Sgt. Richardi Walton, 355 Civil Engineering Squadron, was chosen from eight military youth candidates within the BGCA’s Pacific region to receive this recognition. The Military Youth of the Year honor is a distinct component of the National…

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